A group of JDP’ers rode in the “Ride4Epilepsy” ride on Sunday morning. It started out as the Bascombe family – whose eldest daughter Kate was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. Fellow JDP’ers (plus their dads) Frank and Jack Hutton and Andrew and Cam Helding supported them.
This resulted in the “Bascombe Bikers” being formed.
If you want to donate, the link to the Bascombe Bikers is here:
Below is a Ride4Epilepsy report – written by Sam Bascombe (age 11), edited by dad Mark.
The Bascombe Bikers (my Dad, my sister Emma and me) awoke early Sunday morning excited that we were heading off to Calder Park to support my sister Kate and other Epilepsy sufferers. We arrived safely and immediately made a late name change to The Bascombe, Helding and Hutton Bikers and in the first surprise for the day the Huttons were early and the Heldings were late – Andy and Cam said they had trouble getting their Mum out of bed!!
We all registered and put on our yellow and blue Epilepsy wind vests and headed to the start line and soon we were off. The excitement got the better of us and we probably went too hard too early although Frank did a geat job hanging on grimly at the end of the main peleton. After a few laps of the 4.2 km course Cam and I had the first of our many free massages for the day – although we did catch our Dads sneaking one in at the end of the day. Other highlights for the day included the Huttons sneaking off to Maccas for an energy boost – obviously inspired by Rob’s nutritional behaviours on a Wednesday night. Mark and Andy both broke the fastest lap time, however video evidence casts some doubt on this and suggests they may have taken an alternative, shorter route.
Cam and I were lucky enough to be interviewed by the event MC, Scott McGrory, the Olympic gold medallist in the madison at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I have to be honest and say I didn’t know who he was (I wasn’t born when the Sydney Olympics were on). When Mum told me who he was, Cam and I turned the tables and interviewed him over the main PA system and even though we say so ourselves came up with some really good questions. We were both so excited when he said he actually had the Gold Medal in his pocket. The highlight of my day was being able to wear an Olympic Gold Medal – I think you will find us both heading to Rio in 2016 as part of the Channel Nine Commentary team.
Despite Cam being encouraged by us all to do another lap or two to crack the magic 100 km mark, the lure of the massage table proved too much and he finished on 90+ km for the day – still a wonderful effort. Frank, Andy and I all finished on 103 km but little Jack Hutton stole the show with an amazing 80 km – his tiny little legs certainly have a lot of power in them. I’m proud of my sister, Emma, for doing 42 km – not bad for someone who has just taken up the sport but she has a fair way to go to catch me up! Mark x 2 and Neil all rode 100+ km too. We didn’t even have to bribe them with a beer or two, they were happy to ride for such a worthwhile cause.
We would like to thank so many of you for your messages of support. We are, quite honestly, overwhelmed with the support we have received since Kate’s diagnosis. We would like to thank Graham Fryer and Penny Robinson for their generous donations – to date donations have exceeded $3,000. In particular, we would also like to extend a massive thank you to the Helding and Hutton families for their amazing generosity and support which we will never forget. You will never know how much this means to the entire Bascombe Family.